By Terence Dooley
Former heavyweight world Champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) has taken to social media to offer Sinead O’Connor a helping hand after discovering that the singer is struggling to deal with the effects of bipolar disorder.
Fury battled depression both before and after his win over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 and the 28-year-old believes he can help the singer, who had a huge hit with Nothing Compares 2 U in 1990.
O’Connor told her Facebook followers that she is living in a motel in the “arse end of New Jersey” earlier this week and confessed that only the support of her psychiatrist is “keeping me alive at the moment”. Fury has also admitted to feeling suicidal in the past and despite recent claims, later denied by his team, that he is abandoning his comeback he has stated that he is on the road to recovery. He revealed that he wants to help O’Connor in a video message.
“This is Tyson Fury, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and this is a special message to Sinead O'Connor,” he said. “I recently watched one of your heart-breaking videos where you talked about mental health problems and being alone, and feeling like you wasn't a role model and feeling it wasn't your fault and no one is there.
“I've recently been going through a lot of it myself, Sinead, and you're not alone. There's a lot of people out there who go through the same thing. Like you say, millions of people around the world suffer with this. Mental health problems are one of the worst thing anyone can ever have. No matter how successful or rich you become, mental health will always bring you down.
“It always gives someone a right to write you off for whatever reason, but I'm here if you need me. Get someone to contact me. I'd like to speak to you.”
The constant “Will he, won’t he fight again” saga surrounding Fury is likely to intensify over the course of the next month as his cousin, Hughie, is set to challenge WBO holder Joseph Parker at the Manchester Arena on September 23. Being around a major heavyweight fight is bound to evoke memories of Fury’s decision win over Klitschko and could once again turn his mind towards a comeback once the saga of his UKAD suspended drugs ban is behind him.
“It (the hearing) was adjourned and they need a new date,” said BBBoC General Secretary Robert Smith when speaking to Sky Sports about the situation.
“All these legal cases take time and obviously it's a matter of now getting all the parties together, and obviously they are dealing with legal representatives, barristers etc. and it's difficult to get dates. It's quite common.”
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